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John Mighton '82
Dr. Mighton is a mathematician, author, playwright, and the founder of JUMP Math (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigees).
almost failed first-year Calculus in university, but his
love of math and his
belief that everyone has great mathematical potential led him to found JUMP
as a kitchen-table tutoring group in 1998, John
now tirelessly volunteers his
time and expertise as the lead curriculum developer for the JUMP Math
Student Workbooks and Teacher's Manuals.
also donates all proceeds from his
publications and speaking engagements to the JUMP
Born in Hamilton, Ontario John completed a BA at the University of Toronto before he returned to Hamilton to lecture in philosophy at McMaster, where he received a Masters in philosophy in 1982.
John's Hamilton stay was short lived as he returned to Toronto to complete his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Toronto earning him an NSERC fellowship for postdoctoral research in knot and graph theory.
He is currently a Fellow of the Fields Institute for Mathematical Research and lecturer of mathematics at the University of Toronto.
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A double U of T Grad, John Mighton earned his BA in Philosophy in 1978, and in 2000 received his PhD in Mathematics from the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences at U of T. Mighton is the founder of JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies) and an award-winning playwright.
Mighton founded JUMP in 1998.
The program is designed for young children from lower-income families who cannot afford private tutoring and who do not receive enough assistance in learning mathematics.
The JUMP approach has been so successful that educators from across Canada, Australia and England have incorporated it into their curricula.
For his work in math education, Mighton has been made an honorary Fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, one of the most prestigious institutes in the world.
was also awarded a prestigious Ashoka Fellowship, as a social entrepreneur for his
work in fostering numeracy and building young children's self-confidence through JUMP
In 2003 he
published a book on the approach to math education JUMP uses, called The Myth of Ability and in 2007 he
published its follow up, The End of Ignorance.
Also in 2005, John Mighton
was awarded the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre which is worth $100,000. (Photo: Chris Chapman)
Siminovitch Prize in Theatre
Ronnie Burkett | Daniel Maclvor | Brigitte Haentjens | Dany Lyne | John Mighton | Jillian Keiley | Louise Campeau | Carole Fréchette | Daniel Brooks
John Mighton, Winner for Playwriting, 2005 . In awarding the 2005 Siminovitch Prize to Toronto playwright John Mighton, the jury was particularly impressed by the profound combination of intellect and heart embodied in Mr. Mighton's work.
"The writing represents a unique, singular and necessary worldview," the jury said.
"Understated in a very positive sense, his
plays are open ended and unresolved in a way that kindles and suggests possibilities.
voice possesses grace, delicacy and a gentle humanity.
line of inquiry is often shot through with a rare and fragile warmth.
also brings tremendous depth to the plays, taking complex, sophisticated ideas and making them playable in a truly theatrical manner."
plays, including Scientific Americans, Possible Worlds , A Short History of Night, Body and Soul, The Little Years , and Half Life, have been performed across Canada, as well as in Europe, Japan and the United States.
has won several national awards including the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama.
In addition to playwriting, Mr. Mighton completed a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Toronto and has lectured in Philosophy at McMaster University.
He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto and for the past seven years, has coordinated JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies), an innovative school program designed to tutor children who are having difficulties in math.
has written an inspirational book based on his
experiences with JUMP
called The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child , published by House of Anansi Press
This week, Shaver was rehearsing a ...
This week, Shaver was rehearsing a production of John Mighton's Scientific Americans, to be presented in association with the Segal Centre, which covers most of the costs.
is a brilliant man," said Shaver.
Mighton, who is an adjunct professor of mathematics at the University of Toronto, will deliver a lecture at the Segal Centre Sunday at 11 a.m. He'll be talking about the transformative power of scientific knowledge, as well as the play.
is in the prime of his
theatre career, having received two Governor General's Awards, the Siminovitch Award
and the Order of Canada.
has many hits behind him (Half Life, Possible Worlds, The Little Years) as well as two bestselling non-fiction books, The Myth of Ability (2003) and The End of Ignorance (2007).
math foundation JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies), which was set up to prove that anyone can learn math, is taking him on yet another, parallel journey.
In Seattle, Mighton
was one of five "social entrepreneur" panellists chosen from around the globe to talk about their unique approaches to changing the world. (His being JUMP.)
"I'm thrilled to be here," he
"It's such an honour."
curious to see if Scientific Americans will "stand up" over the years.
confessed to being a bit out of the loop about theatre these days.
"I founded a charity to teach kids math," he
said, "and it's sort of taken over my life."